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Said presents the idea that “orientalism is…a considerable dimension of

modern political-intellectual culture, and has much less to do with the Orient
than to do with “our” world” (Said 12). The reference of to our world is
specific to the Eurocentric mindset of the Occidental inhabitants and how the
orients are perceived, mostly in an inferior manner. This can tie into the
discussion of the power of language, which in this case serves as a degree of
separation between reality and perception. Much of the writing is about how
he will structure his analysis on orientalism. I find it interesting to note that
he is essentially doing a series of analyses on a sample of literature that
collectively create the existence of Orientalism. Said also, in this section,
describes the necessity to recognize the distinction of humanistic studies and
other studies with political influence, deemed “political knowledge”.
However, it is also interesting to note the dynamic between the two, for
knowledge can always exist on a changing spectrum, and in this specific
case a shift occurred from cultural/pure knowledge to political
interest/knowledge.